OOGOG AT THE
BERKELEY ARTS FESTIVAL
OOGOG, a “rock chamber group” comprised of clarinet/alto sax (Jon Russell), electric guitar (Ryan Brown), electric bass (Damon Waitkus) and piano (Kate Campbell for this performance), will play at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15. The music is rhythmically complex though groovy, contrasted with moments of free, wild improvisation. The musicians come from various backgrounds, bringing influences of rock, jazz, free improv, electronic and world music. The program is comprised of music written by the group, with one exception: three movements from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring arranged by Ryan Brown. $10 general, $5 students and seniors. Fidelity Bank Building, 2323 Shattuck Ave. For details, see www.oogog.com or
The Berkeley-based chorus Bella Musica presents a Mother’s Day concert, “Her Infinite Variety: Four Centuries of Shakespeare in Song,” featuring a mostly a cappella program of songs by Morley, Verdi, Vaughn Williams, Shearing, P.D.Q. Bach and others, at 4 p.m. Sunday, at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St. Admission is by donation. Recommended donation: $15 general, $12 for students and seniors. For more information, call 525-5393 or see www.bellamusica.org.
AT CODY’S BOOKS
Pulitzer Prize-winning Berkeley writer
Michael Chabon will read from his new novel The Yiddish Policeman’s Union at 7 p.m. Saturday at Cody’s Books, 1730 Fourth St.